Successful Academic Writing

Academic writing language creates a kind of artificial familiarity or shorthand between writers and readers that they can use to avoid misunderstandings. Writers and readers share a way of thinking and expressing themselves that allows ...

Author: Anneliese A. Singh

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 9781462529421

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 260

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Using rich examples and engaging pedagogical tools, this book equips students to master the challenges of academic writing in graduate school and beyond. The authors delve into nitty-gritty aspects of structure, style, and language, and offer a window onto the thought processes and strategies that strong writers rely on. Essential topics include how to: identify the audience for a particular piece of writing; craft a voice appropriate for a discipline-specific community of practice; compose the sections of a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods research article; select the right peer-reviewed journal for submitting an article; and navigate the publication process. Readers are also guided to build vital self-coaching skills in order to stay motivated and complete projects successfully. User-Friendly Features *Exercises (with answers) analyzing a variety of texts. *Annotated excerpts from peer-reviewed journal articles. *Practice opportunities that help readers apply the ideas to their own writing projects. *Personal reflections and advice on common writing hurdles. *End-of-chapter Awareness and Action Reminders with clear steps to take.

Demystifying Academic Writing

Fang describes key genres of academic writing, common rhetorical moves associated with each genre, essential skills needed to write the genres, and linguistic resources and strategies that are functional and effective for performing ...

Author: Zhihui Fang

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000371505

Category: Education

Page: 286

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Informative, insightful, and accessible, this book is designed to enhance the capacity of graduate and undergraduate students, as well as early career scholars, to write for academic purposes. Fang describes key genres of academic writing, common rhetorical moves associated with each genre, essential skills needed to write the genres, and linguistic resources and strategies that are functional and effective for performing these moves and skills. Fang’s functional linguistic approach to academic writing enables readers to do so much more than write grammatically well-formed sentences. It leverages writing as a process of designing meaning to position language choices as the central focus, illuminating how language is a creative resource for presenting information, developing argument, embedding perspectives, engaging audience, and structuring text across genres and disciplines. Covering reading responses, book reviews, literature reviews, argumentative essays, empirical research articles, grant proposals, and more, this text is an all-in-one resource for building a successful career in academic writing and scholarly publishing. Each chapter features crafts for effective communication, authentic writing examples, practical applications, and reflective questions. Fang complements these features with self-assessment tools for writers and tips for empowering writers. Assuming no technical knowledge, this text is ideal for both non-native and native English speakers, and suitable for courses in academic writing, rhetoric and composition, and language/literacy education.

Teaching Academic Writing in European Higher Education

Though Johanna was not prepared for academic writing , she did get her assignment done and she learned a lot about writing in doing so . What she was forced to do in a certain way , was to reinvent academic writing , partly as an ...

Author: Lennart Björk

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402012098

Category: Education

Page: 234

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This volume describes in detail teaching philosophies, curricular structures, research approaches and organizational models used in European countries. It offers concrete teaching strategies and examples: from individual tutorials to large classes, from face-to-face to web-based teaching, and addresses educational and cultural differences between writing instruction in Europe and the US.

Success in Academic Writing

One of the key messages I hope you have gained from this first chapter is that, although there are generalisations we can make about the nature and process of academic writing, it is uniquely expressed because of your nature as an ...

Author: Trevor Day

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137247841


Page: 232

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Helps students to develop confidence, technique and clarity of purpose as a writer in their discipline. Takes the reader through the complete writing process from understanding the task through researching, reading and planning, to drafting and composing, reviewing and finalising their copy with many self-study exercises included throughout.

Critical Thinking in Academic Writing

Rules refer to the explicit and implicit conventions in academic writing that students follow. Community refers to people with whom the students share similar aims and languages, such as the community of learners, the community of ...

Author: Shi PU

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000434057

Category: Education

Page: 184

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The book inquires into critical thinking through a cultural approach. Based on an ethnographic study, it compares Chinese postgraduate students’ conceptualisations and applications of critical thinking in three different settings in China and the UK. From an insider’s perspective, it analyses the intricate interplay of multiple cultural and individual factors that conditions students’ critical thinking development as they learn to write an academic thesis and to manage postgraduate learning. The book offers insights into the nature of problems that Chinese students encounter with critical thinking and envisions possibilities for the ideas for critical thinking to have a transformative power in an intercultural space. The book will primarily be of interest to academics and educators who work on critical thinking and academic writing, especially those who work with Chinese students. Scholars interested in intercultural issues in higher education may also find it relevant.

Academic Writing and Plagiarism

S57); one editor of a scholarly journal commented, Incidents of plagiarism in science corrupt the soul of the ... Writing is a skill, and writing from sources1 is an important subskill for academic writers, yet the instructions students ...

Author: Diane Pecorari

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474254625

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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Plagiarism has long been regarded with concern by the university community as a serious act of wrongdoing threatening core academic values. There has been a perceived increase in plagiarism over recent years, due in part to issues raised by the new media, a diverse student population and the rise in English as a lingua franca. This book examines plagiarism, the inappropriate relationship between a text and its sources, from a linguistic perspective. Diane Pecorari brings recent linguistic research to bear on plagiarism, including processes of first and second language writers; interplay between reading and writing; writer's identity and voice; and the expectations of the academic discourse community. Using empirical data drawn from a large sample of student writing, compared against written sources, Academic Writing and Plagiarism argues that some plagiarism, in this linguistic context, can be regarded as a failure of pedagogy rather than a deliberate attempt to transgress. The book examines the implications of this gap between the institutions' expectations of the students, student performance and institutional awareness, and suggests pedagogic solutions to be implemented at student, tutor and institutional levels. Academic Writing and Plagiarism is a cutting-edge research monograph which will be essential reading for researchers in applied linguistics.

Ethnographies of Academic Writing Research

The same frames of reference tend to be replicated in academic analyses of texts designated as academic articles, ... The pull of ethnography for the study of academic writing lies in, (a) the ontological premise that the meanings of ...

Author: Ignacio Guillén-Galve

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027258410

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 162

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This book illustrates the use of ethnography as an analytical approach to investigate academic writing, and provides critical insights into how academic writing research can benefit from the use of ethnographic methods. Throughout its six theoretical and practice-oriented studies, together with the introductory chapter, foreword and afterword, ethnography-related concepts like thick description, deep theorizing, participatory research, research reflexivity or ethics are discussed against the affordances of ethnography for the study of academic writing. The book is key reading for scholars, researchers and instructors in the areas of applied linguistics, academic writing, academic literacies and genre studies. It will also be useful to those lecturers and postgraduate students working in English for Academic Purposes and disciplinary writing. The volume provides ethnographically-oriented researchers with clear pointers about how to incorporate the telling of the inside story into their traditional main role as observers.

Exploring Options in Academic Writing

Corpus and functional linguistics analyses also highlight common grammatical features of academic writing that differ from those used in spoken contexts and thus, we believe, should form the focus of academic writing courses.

Author: Jan Frodesen

Publisher: University of Michigan Press ELT

ISBN: 9780472034260

Category: Academic writing

Page: 215

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Exploring Options is designed to help student writers develop their knowledge and use of academic language to meet the demands of college- and university-level writing assignments. It draws on the research identifying lexical and grammatical patterns across academic contexts and provides authentic reading contexts for structured vocabulary learning. Recognizing that vocabulary choices in writing often require consideration of grammatical structure, Exploring Options focuses on specific kinds of lexico-grammatical decisions--that is, the ones involving the interaction between vocabulary and grammar--that students face in shaping, connecting, and restructuring their ideas. The book helps writers learn how to effectively use resources such as learner dictionaries, thesauruses, and concordancers to improve academic word knowledge. Following a unit on using resources for vocabulary development, the contents are divided into three parts: Showing Relationships within Sentences, Connecting and Focusing across Sentences, and Qualifying Statements and Reporting Research. Part 1 focuses on verbs and modifiers that express increases and decreases, verbs and abstract nouns that describe change, connectors and verbs describing causal relationships, and parallel structures. Part 2 explores the words that help connect ideas and add cohesion. Part 3 discusses how to express degrees of certainty and accuracy and the use of reporting verbs.

Academic Writing in Context

Functions of opinion statements in students ' essays If opinion statements were foreign to academic writing , one might expect some hints or guidance in the essay questions , but they do little to clarify where or why a personal element ...

Author: Martin Hewings

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826481310

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 250

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Explores a number of themes of interest to those engaged in researching and teaching academic genres. This book is of interest to students on Master's programmes in Teaching English as a Second Langauge and Applied Linguistics, and to scholars researching issues of academic literacy.

Rethinking academic writing pedagogy for the European university

Wikis and academic writing: changing the writer-reader relationship. English for Specific Purposes, 30, 44-57. Llantada-Pérez, C., Plo, R. & Ferguson, G. (2011). “You don't say what you know, only what you can.

Author: Ruth Breeze

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789401207959

Category: Education

Page: 188

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All over Europe, universities are moving over to English as the language of instruction. This development has been accelerated by global forces, and its pedagogical consequences have yet to be fully explored. This book examines this situation from the point of view of students and teachers, focusing particularly on the acquisition of English language writing skills in European university contexts. It takes an academic approach, and is firmly grounded in the bibliography on teaching academic writing to second language users in English-speaking countries, as well as in the bibliography on teaching English in Europe in higher education. In addition to providing sound pedagogical guidelines, it also brings together the most recent critiques of current practice and an overview of the innovative approaches devised in the last ten years. This is a book for all those who are involved in the changing European university scenario: English teachers and writing instructors, lecturers faced with the challenge of teaching their courses in English, university administrators and decision-makers.